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How hard is the license test, in your state?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by spray_man, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,956


    You didn't take the Commercial CPO test, you took the Private CPO test. This should allow you to do all of Boca Bay's work but no other properties unless owned by them. The commercial CPO test is 200 question and both core and L&O are on one 4 hour test. The commercial CPO test is only given in Winter Haven, Florida. I am not sure where the Private test is given, but I believe at the county extension office in each county. There is no requirements for taking the Private Applicators test like the Commercial CPO. 3 years working under a CPO and or one year working under CPO and a college degree in horticulture or entomology.

    BTW Florida has many different certifications for pesticide application. Fact is there are actually two different divisions under the Dept of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs that license pesticide application. The Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control and the Bureau of Compliance. With my BEPC Commercial L&O I can not legally spray parking lot for weeds, I must have a Road & Ride-away certification from the Bureau of Compliance to be 100% legal. As a CEU Provider for the BEPC, My CEU classes are not accepted by the Bureau of Compliance.

    HEY I don't make the laws, only try to live by them so don't kill the messenger
  2. BocaChris

    BocaChris LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70

    No, I took the test for Commercial RUP. Boca Bay went through lawyers and the state to figure it all out cause it is all owned by the residents not just one person owns the property or some BS like that would have to ask them. They told me what I needed so thats what I do :)
  3. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,956


    Congratulations on taking the test. Hopefully you passed it. Now let me educate you as to what Certification you have tested for. It is call a Private Applicator. You can work for homeowner association and apply RUP as an Employee of that Homeowner association. You can not legally apply to any other property other than those owned or under the control of your full time employer who is the Boca Bay Group. The private certification can not qualify you for any type of pesticide license nor does it count toward a commercial certification. Sorry


    BTW I know Kitty Green CEO of Boca Bay. Boca Bay's lawyers have more important things to do than make deals with the state so you can get certified. The private certification is a common thing among larger properties where in house maintenance is done.
  4. aoneill2020

    aoneill2020 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    GA here.

    I am gearing up to take both the commerical Core and Ornamentals & Turf tests in April, so far my approach has been to read, read, read. I just got out of college 2 years back so I am somewhat still accustomed to studying. The core study material feels like a lot of the same - straight forward, common sense questions.

    Any study tips from folks who have taken the GA commercial test?
  5. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,956


    I am truly sorry you bumped this year old thread because I have to comment on it.

    It is a sad state of affairs when a Man sits for a certification test and doesn't know what that certification is for, And he passes the test!!! I don't mean to point out Boca Chris personally because he is typical of many in this industry. I am not sure whether to Laugh or Cry at this.
  6. aoneill2020

    aoneill2020 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    I don't understand your reply? I am assuming it is aimed at someone else. I know full well what I am studying for. Thanks for the reply
  7. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,956


    Read my post # 43 the last post a year ago before you bumped this thread.
  8. aoneill2020

    aoneill2020 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    i see, got it!
  9. a plus bob

    a plus bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,160

    The guy I used to work for 9 yrs.had to take it 4 times in Indiana we used to go buy and look at service call then he would go back and meet them later to discuss what (he found)?
  10. JPsDuramax

    JPsDuramax LawnSite Senior Member
    from Georgia
    Posts: 346

    Georgia's test is not too difficult. The first time I took it I passed the CORE and failed the Turf and Ornamental by 2 points. The kicker is I pretty much went in cold, only using the information I had gathered from other applicators and common sense. The second time I had studied the areas that I had missed and passed easily. It just depends on how well you take a test.

    Trust me though, its easier to study and do it once. Of course you could cram right before the test...if your only 2 years out of college you should remember how to do that.:laugh:

    Good luck to you

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